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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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+1 912-652-4415
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06:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and...

Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and protect endangered natural habitats and species. At 1,200 acres, Pinckney is the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to the public.

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Well laid out and peaceful

We visited off-season and late in the afternoon so we did not see much wildlife. The trail is small stones and flat. If you plan to ride through the preserve, take a mountain bike... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Newark, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a nice place to visit for a casual walk. Really did not see anything that anything different from any salt marsh. It was impressive to hear the sounds of nature when approaching and standing around ibis pond.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited off-season and late in the afternoon so we did not see much wildlife. The trail is small stones and flat. If you plan to ride through the preserve, take a mountain bike or hybrid and prepare to be bounced around a lot. The path looks flat and smooth, but it is more of a wash board it you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with my brother and his wife yesterday to Pinckney Island and especially loved walking the circumference of the ponds. The landscape in the back side of the ponds is extremely beautiful and interesting and we saw alligators.

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Thank Gloria J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The wildlife was fascinating with some exotic birds.It was a Sunday afternoon in early December and the overcast day was mild. There were people of all ages taking the walk. I probably went about half way of what I understood to be a 1.2 mile hike. Plaques along the way described the wildlife and the plants.The stroll was delightful and... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Pinckney Island is a refreshing walk to view foliage and wildlife in a laid back atmosphere. It is not that large but there is a lot to see if you go early morning or late afternoon and just wander around. Don't stick to the road, walk the fields and the woods. You can also bike. Don't forget the camera and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were going to walk to shell point turned into a 6 mile walk about. The map was a bit misleading on distances. It was hard to tell when we were even at shell point. BUT the landscape was picturesque and quiet. Wonderful way to take a leisure hike and enjoy the beauty of the refuge. Side... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I didn't know what to expect after reading the other reviews. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Simply beautiful and an easy walk. The trail was very wide which made it easy to view all the species of birds and wildlife, including an alligator in a pond. A must see. You won't be sorry. Plan to revisit during Christmas week. I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Saw several alligators including a 10 footer, lots of ducks , birds & butterflies. No mosquito repellent needed. If you are looking for something interesting to do that does not cost anything while getting some fresh air, this is good. Besides, you will learn something about the coastal ecology.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

A variety of unusual terrains and lots of wildlife when we visited at midday. Tons of birds in particular but the highlight was the HUGE alligator sunning on a bank. A bit buggy but hey you are out in the wilds here and a few bites are a small price to pay for really getting a handle on the natural... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We visited yesterday and had a nice walk of about a couple of miles. We brought bug repellent, but didn't need to use it. My husband, an avid nature photographer, was pleased with the photo opportunities. Except for ibis and a baby gator in a pond we really didn't see much wildlife --but maybe we needed to go further in.... More 

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